Most Liberal Democrats will find this message tells them what they already knew but it is clear that there are millions in Britain who have no idea how the EU works & readily believe all the lies. There is so much misinformation about the EU put about by those who delude themselves that if we were to leave it some fantasy life of happiness & prosperity would suddenly occur, that it is hard to know where to begin. Let's start with 'undemocratic' & 'unelected'. EU Commissioners are appointed by the ELECTED Governments of the Member States. Their actions are supervised by a Council of ELECTED Ministers from the Member States & scrutinised by ELECTED members of the European Parliament. That is why it is important to vote in the forthcoming EU elections, and to vote Liberal Democrat. Our MEPs, and especially Chris Davies in the NW region, are amongst the hardest working, most transparent in their expenses, and in the forefront of reform.
EU Parliamentary Elections are at fixed terms – not like our General Elections which are held at the whim of the Prime Minister whenever he/she thinks it is most advantageous. In Westminster, once we have elected a Government with a working overall majority there is no democratic way the behaviour of that Government can be controlled (unlike the EU). That is why Blair was able to take us into an illegal war despite the biggest public protest in living memory. Nobody elected Rupert Murdoch, to whom our Prime Ministers seem to need to pay court. Nobody elected the financiers whose greed & incompetence have brought the country to its' knees.
Liberal Democrats do not pretend that the EU is perfect. The Lisbon Treaty is an attempt at improving how it works. Liberal Democrats have been accused of breaking a promise of a referendum on this treaty. We did not promise any such referendum. It would be a futile waste of taxpayers money. If every country in the EU voted against it, the EU would still exist & would carry on operating as it currently does. Liberal Democrats argue that any referendum should be about whether Britain should leave the EU or not. That is sufficiently fundamental & important to warrant a referendum.